The Search for the Buddha: The Men Who Discovered India's Lost Religion

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Carroll & Graf Publishers, 24 mai 2004 - 322 pagini
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Acclaimed historian Charles Allen brings to life a handful of extraordinary eighteenth- and nineteenth-century characters and takes readers to lost holy places across the Asian world as he chronicles how Westerners found the Buddha. The author traces his roots right back to India where his teachings had been suppressed by Islam and Hinduism. Allen’s cast includes the eccentric Hungarian wanderer Alexander Csoma di Koros, the soldier-turned-archaeologist Alexander Cunningham, and the brilliant scientist James Prinsep, who in six weeks cracked the code of the mysterious lettering inscribed on the Great Stupa at Sanchi, near the vast caves of Western India. Illustrated throughout with superbly telling the stories of these men who spurred a revival of Buddhism in the nineteenth century, Allen has recorded the Western birth of a religion whose influence in America has increased tremendously in the past half-century.

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THE SEARCH FOR THE BUDDHA: The Men Who Discovered India's Lost Religion

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A first-rate account of the colonial officers and scholars, mostly British, who picked through the ruins and lost libraries of India to recover the founding texts and artifacts of Buddhism.It's not ... Citiți recenzia completă

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British historian Allen (Soldier Sahibs) tells the intriguing story of the mostly British officials and members of the East India Company, the "Orientalists" whose fascination with Indian history and ... Citiți recenzia completă

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Allen was born in India, where six generations of his family served under the Raj.

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